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Ultimate Travel Guide to Ollantaytambo Updated 2023

Explore the intriguing history behind Ollantaytambo and learn everything you need to know to visit this Inca town in the Sacred Valley, including what to see and how to get there, things to do, etc.

Overview

Ollantaytambo is a picturesque town located in the Peruvian Andes, approximately 2-hour drive from Cusco

This ancient Inca village houses the ruins of Ollantaytambo, for many travelers, Ollantaytambo is also the last stop before they visit Machu Picchu.

For many travelers, it is also the last stop before they visit Machu Picchu.

A lot of tourists do pass through Ollantaytambo briefly; it’s included as a stop on many tours of the Sacred Valley, it’s close to one of the most popular starting points for the famous 4 day Inca Trail, and the train to Machu Picchu can also be boarded there. The Ollantaytambo ruins are a popular site for people from all over the world!

History of Ollantaytambo

It is believed that the Ollantaytambo ruins date back to around the mid-15th century and were built under the command of the Inca Emperor Pachacuti. Although the specialists say that the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo dates back more than 5000 years, they believe that it could have been discovered by the Incas 600 years ago because in the place you can see different types of constructions, from the finest to the most rustic, attributed to the Incas.

During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti, who conquered the region and built the town and a ceremonial center. At the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru, the Ollantaytambo ruins played a vital role in the Inca resistance against the Spanish conquerors. This rebellion was led by Manco Inca and succeeded in defeating a Spanish expedition.

Today, it is an important and popular tourist attraction in the Sacred Valley. Its main tourist attraction is the Inca site of Ollantaytambo which is visited by about 2000 visitors every day. Ollantaytambo Fortress – a massive Inca fortress with large stone terraces on a hillside, temples, and baths are worth a visit for history lovers.

Origin of the Name Ollantaytambo

In traditional Quechua culture, the name comes from “Ollanta”, the name of an Inca army captain, protagonist of the Quechua drama (El Drama Ollantay).
and Tambo comes from the Quechua word “Tampu” meaning: resting place or lodge.

Ollantaytambo town

This Inca city is home to incredible Inca ruins, but also the gateway to the town of Aguas Calientes, the base for visiting Machu Picchu.

Ollantaytambo was one of the many conquered villages during the rule of Pachacutec who led the Inca Empire and ordered the construction of Machu Picchu in the 1400s.

Ollantaytambo was used as an outpost for Inca nobles, the town of Ollantaytambo remained inhabited during the Spanish invasion and during the post-conquest period.

Ollantaytambo village is also the best surviving example of Inca city planning. Indeed, Ollanta’s organizational grid system can be seen from vantage points high above, especially from the hill opposite the fortress. The valley is surrounded by mountains, three valleys at a height as a defense, and gateway to Antisuyo (the Amazon corner of the Inca Empire).

The Ollantaytambo town also offer you to walk through cobblestone streets of the town and its buildings built on foundations of Inca stonework, which remain remarkably intact similar to their original appearances after construction by the Inca.

The Best Time to Visit Ollantaytambo

It has mild temperatures throughout the year ranging from 18°C (65°F) to 21°C (69°F). Ollantaytambo also has a dry season; from May, June, July to August are very dry.

Dry Season

The dry season is considered the best time to visit Ollantaytambo.

The days are hot and there are no rains at all, however take into account that even though it is dry season, no rain is not 100% sure.

How to Get to Ollantaytambo

There are two ways to get to Ollantaytambo from Cusco by bus: There are two ways to get to Ollantaytambo from Cusco by a public transportation.

By Bus from Cusco

A cheap way to travel to Ollantaytambo from Cusco is by public transportation, the cost of the trip is 12 soles, the bus ride takes about 2 hours.

To get this public bus to Ollantayatmbo you must get to Pavitos street in the city of Cusco, here you have 2 options, take a colectivo bus or take a shared colectivo cab which costs 15 soles.

You will not have to book anything in advance, but you should be familiar enough with Spanish to negotiate your rate.

By Car from Cusco

Car rental is still not a very popular way to get around Peru, but it is possible. You can rent a car in Cusco and drive to Ollantaytambo on your own.

The trip from Cusco to Ollantaytambo costs about $37, the driver can pick you up at the airport, at your hotel or wherever you want to start your day, to take you to the chosen destination of your choice. They will even wait for you and follow up to cover your entire itinerary. They are not tour guides but they are super friendly.

Get to Ollantaytambo on a tour of the Sacred Valley from Cusco

One of the best ways to get to Ollantaytambo is through a tour from Cusco, for this the Sacred Valley tour is ideal.

Opt to tour much of the Sacred Valley on a full day tour, the Sacred Valley tour starts and ends in Cusco, however you can ask to be dropped off in Ollantaytambo town after visiting the ruins of Ollantaytambo.

Things to Do in Ollantaytambo

This quiet town of Ollantaytambo has plenty to offer: ancient culture and fascinating history that dates back to the pre-Columbian era, a place to respectfully learn about and support the lives of the local Quechua Indigenous people, and a jumping-off point to visit an ancient town in the Sacred Valley that is filled with archaeological ruins.

  • Visit the Ollantaytambo Ruins, either on your journey to or from your Machu Picchu experience, the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo is equally impressive and the main attraction in Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • Explore the town of Ollantaytambo & its streets: Unique and incredibly well-preserved Inca cobblestone streets with an open drainage system that runs directly through the city streets. The town usually attracts day trippers from Cusco. But it is increasingly attracting overnight guests who stay here after their Sacred Valley tour en route to Machu Picchu, or after walking the Inca Trail. You can also stop before catching the train to Machu Picchu with a number of quality and budget hotels for you to stay in.
  • Browse the souvenir Market: The town of Ollantaytambo also offer well-stocked open-air souvenir markets and situated at the main entrance of the Ollantaytambo ruins.
  • Enjoy the view from the depositos de Pinkuylluna: A great free view over the village of Ollantaytambo and its imposing mountains is available from these old warehouses. The Pinkuylluna ruins (storehouses) is much less visited than the Terraces and Ruins, so they offer the opportunity to escape the crowds and sweat as well. The way up takes 30-45 minutes, and it will depend on your physical level and be careful on the way down!
  • Cerveceria del Valle Sagrado (Sacred Valley Brewing): This local brewery is on the outskirts of town, but it’s easy to get there in a tuk-tuk or taxi, and if you like beer, you’ll love it here.

Day Tour through Sacred Valley from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

If you are in the town of Ollantaytambo, or have just arrived in Ollantaytambo town to overnight either from Cusco city, after Machu Picchu experience, and want to start One Day Tour to Sacred Valley from either Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, ending in Cusco.

To explore Ollantaytambo ruins, Moray, Salt Mines & Chinchero, or Pisac ruins & Market on the way back to Cusco—Check out our Day Tour through Sacred Valley from Ollantaytambo to Cusco for further inspiration

Faqs

Is Ollantaytambo worth visiting?

Of course it is! Not only because Ollantaytambo was an important Inca town but also because Ollantaytambo is the perfect place to learn much more about the Incas, it is the ideal site for those who love the history of the Incas.

What is Ollantaytambo known for?

Ollantaytambo is famous for its archaeological site and also for the town, which was considered a “living Inca town”.

Can you stay in Ollantaytambo?

Ollantaytambo is one of the best places in the Sacred Valley to acclimatize to the altitude.
Many travelers choose to stay a few days in Ollantaytambo before any activity.

Is it better to stay in Cusco or Ollantaytambo?

You won’t find a better place to stay than Ollantaytambo. If you are planning to hike the Rainbow Mountain or the Inca Trail, Ollantaytambo is the ideal place to avoid altitude sickness.

How much time do you need in Ollantaytambo?

To visit the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo 2 hours are time enough, you can explore the upper and lower parts at a smooth pace.

Ollantaytambo Ruins

Ollantaytambo is one of the best preserved Inca archaeological sites and a charming town, nicknamed Ollanta by the locals; nestled in the heart of Peru’s spectacular Sacred Valley. Its main tourist attraction is the archaeological site (also called fortress) located next to the town, and it is also lower, than Cusco.

A lot of tourists do pass through Ollantaytambo briefly; it’s included as a stop on many tours of the Sacred Valley, it’s close to one of the most popular starting points for the famous 4 day Inca Trail, and the train to Machu Picchu can also be boarded there. The Ollantaytambo ruins are a popular site for people from all over the world!

Ollantaytambo Travel Guide
The temple of the Sun in Ollantaytambo ruins

A Brief History of the Ollantaytambo Ruins

It is believed that the Ollantaytambo ruins date back to around the mid-15th century and were built under the command of the Inca Emperor Pachacuti. Although the specialists say that the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo dates back more than 5000 years, they believe that it could have been discovered by the Incas 600 years ago because in the place you can see different types of constructions, from the finest to the most rustic, attributed to the Incas.

During the Inca Empire, Ollantaytambo was the royal estate of Emperor Pachacuti, who conquered the region and built the town and a ceremonial center. At the time of the Spanish conquest of Peru, the Ollantaytambo ruins played a vital role in the Inca resistance against the Spanish conquerors. This rebellion was led by Manco Inca and succeeded in defeating a Spanish expedition.

Today, it is an important and popular tourist attraction in the Sacred Valley. Its main tourist attraction is the Inca site of Ollantaytambo which is visited by about 2000 visitors every day. Ollantaytambo Fortress – a massive Inca fortress with large stone terraces on a hillside, temples, and baths are worth a visit for history lovers.

Ollantaytambo Travel Guide Local Town

This charming town of Ollantaytambo is located at an altitude of 2,792 m (9,160 ft) in the far western reaches of the Sacred Valley, 2 hours driving from Cusco, Ollantaytambo is the only Inca city in the Sacred Valley which is still populated today.

Ollantaytambo village is also the best surviving example of Inca city planning. Indeed, Ollanta’s organizational grid system can be seen from vantage points high above, especially from the hill opposite the fortress. The valley is surrounded by mountains, three valleys at a height as a defense, and gateway to Antisuyo (the Amazon corner of the Inca Empire).

The Ollantaytambo town also offer you to walk through cobblestone streets of the town and its buildings built on foundations of Inca stonework, which remain remarkably intact similar to their original appearances after construction by the Inca.

views of ollantaytambo town
views of ollantaytambo town

Quick facts for visiting the Ollantaytambo ruins

  • Ollantaytambo Inca fortress it opens between 7 am and 5 pm (all year)
  • The tourist buses start to arrive at the ruins of Ollantaytambo from 11 am so it’s best to get there early.
  • The archaeological site of Ollantaytambo becomes busy with day tours from Cusco to Sacred Valley from midday onwards.
  • If you are planning on spending time in Peru then a trip to Ollantaytambo is definitely worth it, either on the way, or the way back from Machu Picchu. If you are staying in Ollantaytambo or Urubamba after your trip to Machu Picchu, take our Sacred Valley Tour from Ollantaytambo to Cusco and don’t miss anything on your way back to Cusco.

What to do in Ollantaytambo, the town en route to Machu Picchu

This quiet town of Ollantaytambo has plenty to offer: ancient culture and fascinating history that dates back to the pre-Columbian era, a place to respectfully learn about and support the lives of the local Quechua Indigenous people, and a jumping-off point to visit an ancient town in the Sacred Valley that is filled with archaeological ruins.

  • Visit the Ollantaytambo Ruins, either on your journey to or from your Machu Picchu experience, the archaeological site of Ollantaytambo is equally impressive and the main attraction in Sacred Valley of the Incas.
  • Explore the town of Ollantaytambo & its streets: Unique and incredibly well-preserved Inca cobblestone streets with an open drainage system that runs directly through the city streets. The town usually attracts day trippers from Cusco. But it is increasingly attracting overnight guests who stay here after their Sacred Valley tour en route to Machu Picchu, or after walking the Inca Trail. You can also stop before catching the train to Machu Picchu with a number of quality and budget hotels for you to stay in.
  • Browse the souvenir Market: The town of Ollantaytambo also offer well-stocked open-air souvenir markets and situated at the main entrance of the Ollantaytambo ruins.
  • Enjoy the view from the depositos de Pinkuylluna: A great free view over the village of Ollantaytambo and its imposing mountains is available from these old warehouses. The Pinkuylluna ruins (storehouses) is much less visited than the Terraces and Ruins, so they offer the opportunity to escape the crowds and sweat as well. The way up takes 30-45 minutes, and it will depend on your physical level and be careful on the way down!
  • Cerveceria del Valle Sagrado (Sacred Valley Brewing): This local brewery is on the outskirts of town, but it’s easy to get there in a tuk-tuk or taxi, and if you like beer, you’ll love it here.

Day Tour through Sacred Valley from Ollantaytambo to Cusco

If you are in the town of Ollantaytambo, or have just arrived in Ollantaytambo town to overnight either from Cusco city, after Machu Picchu experience, and want to start One Day Tour to Sacred Valley from either Ollantaytambo or Urubamba, ending in Cusco.

To explore Ollantaytambo ruins, Moray, Salt Mines & Chinchero, or Pisac ruins & Market on the way back to Cusco—Check out our Day Tour through Sacred Valley from Ollantaytambo to Cusco for further inspiration

Trails to Explore in One Day in Sacred Valley

  • Pumamarca Inca Ruins and Inca Trail Hike
  • Urquillos Inca Trail Hike
  • Inca Quarry Trail Hike
  • Veronica Abra Malaga Hike

Is Ollantaytambo worth visiting?

Ollantaytambo, Peru – The stop between Cuzco and Machu Picchu. It is not as well known as the spectacular ancient city of Machu Picchu, but nevertheless worth visiting for those who want to learn more about the Inca Empire.

Is it better to stay in Cusco or Ollantaytambo?

Ollantaytambo is closer to Machu Picchu and has more train options, so it is more convenient to stay there one night before Machu Picchu if you’re catching an early train. Ollantaytambo is a good spot to stay before heading to Machu Picchu. The train ride to MP will be shorter (vs departing from Cusco).

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Thank you for booking and/or traveling on a Peru Spirit Adventure tour with Peru Spirit Adventure. We are 100% local Cusqueñan company and legally recognized by Peruvian law. These Terms and Conditions apply to any travel products and/or services purchased from Peru Spirit Adventure. A contract is entered into once PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE receives your booking form and deposit, and we accept and confirm the booking. Please note that travel arrangements are not confirmed until stated so in writing by PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE. All Peru Spirit Adventure based treks and tours are operated by Peru Spirit Adventure.

BOOKING & PAYMENT

To reserve any of our tours and treks services, the customer must submit his or her personal information and a deposit. The personal information we require is the following: Full name (as appears on passport), Date of Birth, Nationality, Gender, and Passport number.

  • A picture of their passport photo page. A camera phone picture or similar is acceptable.

Once the customer confirms their reservation, we will send an email within 24 hours with a confirmation of their tour or trek and the deposit amount and also, details of the services included and not included in the service price. Once we send this information to the customer, if we do not receive any response from the customer it will be assumed by the company that the customer has accepted all terms and conditions. We provide a full pre-tour briefing at your hotel in Cusco. This gives the customer the chance to ask any questions they may have about the tour or trek itinerary.— ABOUT THE BRIEFING: The night before your tour or trek, there will be a pre-tour talk (briefing) at your hotel in Cusco at either 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm. (exact time will be confirmed by email). Once you receive your briefing time, if we do not hear back we will assume it is confirmed by you. Please take this into consideration when booking your travel plans to Cusco, ensuring you arrive in time for the briefing. If your tour or trek begins on a Monday then the briefing will be scheduled for the Saturday before.

  • Please note that it is difficult to change the briefing time and date at short notice. Therefore, if we receive a request for a briefing change less than 48 hours prior to the scheduled briefing, we most likely will not be able to change the briefing time or date. We will, however, do everything we can to change to try and accommodate the schedule change.

DEPOSITS:

We use PayPal for sending deposits, that way you can use your credit card. There is a 6% fee for deposits using PayPal (for the international transfer). We also use Western Union for sending deposits, Deposits through Western Union have variable fees. The deposit amount depends on the type of itinerary you will book, as follows;

  • For all trek and multi-day tours, we require a deposit of $250 USD per person — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
  • For the Rainbow Mountain tours & hikes we require a deposit of $100 USD per person — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
  • For the Humantay Lake Day Trip, we require a deposit of $100 USD per person — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
  • For the Sacred Valley Tours & Trips, we require a deposit of $100 USD (for the group) — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
  • For the Cusco Half Day Tours, we require a deposit of $50 USD (for the group) — Deposits for tours and treks are non-refundable and non-transferable to another individual. There are no exceptions.
  • For large groups, we accept wire transfer for deposits and final balances due. If you would like more information about the wire transfer option, please email us at peruspiritadventure@gmail.com

FINAL PAYMENTS: We accept cash and PayPal for final payments. A client may not depart for the tour or trek until payment in full is received, either in cash or by PayPal.

  • Cash payments are due the day before tour or trek departure and can be paid at the pre-tour or trek briefing. We accept US dollars and Peruvian soles for cash payments. If you will pay in US dollars. Take note. The Peruvian banks are extremely strict about the “quality” of dollars they will accept. Therefore, we have to request that your bills are what they call “unbroken”. Broken bills will not be accepted. Broken means — any tear (even as small as 3 mm) or excessive wrinkling
  • PayPal payments are due one week before the tour or trek departure. a) There is an 8% fee on balance due payments using PayPal. b) If the balance via PayPal is not paid by 3 days prior to trek departure, the PayPal fee will be 10%. Our PayPal email is: info@peruspiritadventure.com
  • All banking fees will be covered by the client

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR TOURS & TREKS:

Notification

  • Notification of cancellation must always be made in writing by the person that made the booking and paid the deposit to peruspiritadventure@gmail.com.

Deposits

  • Your deposit for the tours and treks are 100% non-refundable. If you need to cancel for any reason, as you approach your tour start date, there may be additional cost due. There are no exceptions due to the fact, that PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE expends a great deal of expense purchasing permits, entrance tickets, and making deposits for reservations or services, most of which are non-changeable, non-transferable, and non-refundable by government regulation. We also do not accept medical notes of any kind, as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us.

CANCELLATION FEES

  • Cancellations made 30 days in advance have no charge (with the exception of the non-refundable deposit) with the following exception:
  • Inca Trail treks
  • In the case of cancellation, the customer will not receive a refund of their deposit
  • If the customer cancels between 30 and 10 days before their trek, they must pay 50% of the total trip cost.
  • If the customer cancels between 10 and 3 days before their trek, they must pay 80% of the total cost.
  • If the customer cancels 2 days or less before their trek, they must pay 100% of the total cost.
  • In the exceptional case that a customer decides to leave once they have started the trek, no refund will be given. The customer must also pay any additional expenses they incur such as food, lodging, and transportation. On the last day, the customer will be able to rejoin the group and participate in the Machu Picchu tour.
  • If after the tour has started a client cannot participate in the trek or tour (due to sickness, physical problems, etc.) no refund will be given. The customer must also pay any additional costs they incur for transportation, lodging, and food. On the last day, the tourist will be able to rejoin the group and participate in the Machu Picchu tour.
  • In the case of natural disaster that prevents a service being completed, the customer will receive a 50% refund.
  • In the case of a natural disaster that requires a change in the trek route, but the trek is still completed, there will be no refund.
  • In the very unlikely circumstance that your service is not completed due to a fault of Peru Spirit Adventure, you will receive a full refund (including your deposit).

INCA TRAIL TOURS

  • PERMITS: Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not Peru Spirit Adventure (or any agency).
  • In extreme cases when the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons, Peru Spirit Adventure will replace your trek with an alternative trek.
  • Those who booked PERMITS with a Student ID must bring that ID with them on the trek. If they fail to show this card to the Park Rangers, they will not be allowed entry onto the trail.

CHANGES MADE BY CLIENT

  • Please note that for the Inca Trail, permits are not-changeable, not-transferable, and not-refundable. Dates can never be changed by government policy.

With the exception of the Inca Trail treks, we are generally able to change a trek date.

  • To change the date of your non-Inca Trail trek, there is a fee of US $75 per person if the change occurs more than 30 days prior to trek departure.
  • If the change occurs 21 to 30 days prior to trek departure, the fee is US $100 per person.
  • If the change occurs 10 to 20 days before trek departure, the fee is US $150 per person.
  • Changes less than 10 days prior to trek departure will have varying fees, which can be discussed at the time the change is being made.
  • Changes made must be to another group trek for a minimum of 2 individuals. If a single traveler needs to change dates, and there is not an existing option for that date, the change will not be possible.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

  • We highly recommend travel insurance for all of our customers.
  • Coverage should include baggage loss, accident, emergency air rescue and trip cancellation. Trip cancellation insurance should reimburse you for non-recoverable air or land expenses should you cancel your trip due to personal or family illness, as well as covering any medical or emergency evacuation expenses if you become ill during your trip.
  • In the case of illness or injury on one of our treks or tours, we are trained to provide emergency first aid and arrange transportation to a proper medical facility. However, we are not responsible for the cost of those transportation services or the cost of medical care.

ABOUT YOUR PASSPORT IN MACHU PICCHU, HUAYNA PICCHU AND ON THE INCA TRAIL:

  • Once you book your tour, we send your information immediately to “Machu Picchu Park” in order for permits to be issued as soon as possible.
  • You will need to bring your actual passport for all services. A photocopy will not be accepted.
  • The information we will to Machu Picchu Park includes your full name, passport number, nationality, gender, and age. That information cannot be modified.
    • The only exception is in the case of a changed passport number due to renewal.
      • If your passport number changes between reserving your spot and the start of your trek, you will need to bring your old as well as your new passport to the start of the Trek.
    • If any of the information on your passport does not match the information we were previously provided, you won’t be able to start the trek.
  • If you arrive in Cusco and did not advise us that you have a new passport number, and that your information has changed, Peru Spirit Adventure will not be held responsible. In this situation it will be the responsibility of the customer to pay the extra expense of returning to Cusco or Machu Picchu (transportation, food and other expenses).

TRAVEL IN PERU: Peru Spirit Adventure operates in regions, where standards of accommodation can vary. Transportation and other services might not be like those you would normally have back home. However, we strive with all due care and skill, to provide the best service for our clients. Traveling in Peru requires flexibility, patience, broad-mindedness, good humor and an understanding that changes may be made without notice due to circumstances or occurrences beyond our control. For example: a strike, protest, landslide, bad weather, etc. (Force Majeure). By booking any of our tours & treks, you agree to allow Peru Spirit Adventure to make necessary changes without liability.

FORCE MAJEURE

Force Majeure is any event that PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE cannot with all due care foresee, control or avoid. This covers events such as war or threat of war, riot, civil strike, terrorist activity, industrial dispute, disease, natural disasters, adverse weather conditions, fire or all similar events beyond our control. In this case, PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE will not accept liability and reserves the right to change, postpone or even cancel trips. (This is a last option, of course!)

RISKS

By booking any of our adventure trips (Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Lares, Salkantay, Ausangate, Choquequirao, Rainbow Mountain trek and more) you assume the risks associated with personal accidents, medical emergencies, air travel problems etc. For these treks, PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE Agency accepts no responsibility.

FULL TERMS & CONDITIONS FOR ADVENTURE TOURS & TREKS

  • You must advise Peru Spirit Adventure of any medical problems or allergies you may have. You need to be in good physical health, and if your health is questionable, then you should consult a doctor. If you are over the age of 70 years old, then you will need to present us with a current good health medical certificate.
  • You must advise your guide if you wish to leave the group or the camping area for independent walks or sightseeing. If you are experiencing any problems with the services of the guide or tour, please advise the guide in that moment, so that he can resolve any problems.
  • All balances need to be paid in either cash or PayPal (see “FINAL PAYMENTS” section above).
  • In order to receive a student discount, you must send your valid University ID to Peru Spirit Adventure at the time of booking. ID must have your name, photo and valid expiration date. Any card without an expiration date will not be accepted. You will then be required to bring your student card with you on the trek – they will not allow you to pass through the checkpoint without this original card.
  • You will be required to show the original passport (not a copy) that you booked with, at the checkpoint to enter the Inca Trail. If you originally booked with an old passport and then renewed your passport, you must also bring your expired passport along with your new, valid passport to permit entry or they will refuse your entrance to the trail.
  • Cancellations: Your deposit is 100% non-refundable. If you need to cancel for any reason, as you approach your tour start date, there may be additional cost due. There are absolutely no exceptions (we do not accept medical notes of any kind) as our out of pocket expenses are non-refundable to us (see “CANCELLATION FEES” section above).
  • PERMITS: Permits for the Inca Trail are in your name and can not be transferred to anyone else under any circumstances. Change of dates is also not possible once a permit has been purchased. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable. The deposit will be forfeited. Please note that this is a regulation of the Peruvian government and not PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE (or any agency).
  • All Adventure Treks include transportation to Cusco. The return train route depends on train availability.
  • If you become ill or injured on the trail and are unable to continue, a porter will be provided to accompany you back to an area with emergency assistance capabilities. Helicopter airlifts and medical assistance are at the expense of the trekker. If you are unable to complete the tour due to illness, we will assist you in meeting your group at Machu Picchu to recommence your tour at that point. There will be no refund of the original payment.
  • PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE will take all reasonable care in providing to our clients avoidance of accident, illness, and loss of personal property, and will only employ suitably qualified staff. We accept responsibility for the actions of our own employees. Peru Spirit Adventure cannot, however, be responsible for any action of third parties. You are totally responsible for your own personal property and rented equipment.
  • PERU SPIRIT ADVENTURE does not take responsibility for unfavorable weather conditions, natural catastrophe, strikes, accidents, illness, injury, loss of personal ítems, etc. It is the client’s responsibility to carry insurance to cover these types of events. We reserve the right to modify or cancel the program due to any of the unforeseen conditions listed above.
  • In extreme cases when the “Inca Trail to Machu Picchu” is declared closed for safety reasons, Peru Spirit Adventure will replace your trek with an alternative trek.

VERY IMPORTANT:

  • We strongly suggest spending time at high altitude (above 3000 meters / 9842 feet)- in Cusco or another high altitude area for a minimum of 2- 4 days before undertaking your trip. This is in order to minimize the possible effects of altitude sickness. By drinking plenty of fluids, adding sugar to your drinks, eating food high in carbohydrates, avoiding cigarettes, alcohol, and drinking coca tea (ancient traditional leaf) will help your body acclimatize.
  • We recommend you arrive in Cusco 48 hours or more before trek departure because occasionally we need to leave earlier than scheduled in case of strikes or other events out of our control (see ‘Force Majeure’ section below)

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Thanks again for choosing us and we look forward to seeing you in Cusco!

Peru Spirit Adventure Team!

Peru Spirit Adventure

Who is Peru Spirit Adventure? We are a small tour operator company owned by a local Peruvian experts with more than 10 years of experience as a guide. Our office is based in Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes and is located near the central square, Plaza del Armas. Our team is made up of knowledgeable and passionate tour guides from Cusco and Andes with many years of experience Read more

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